Tabby Ruins

The coastline from North Florida to South Carolina is scattered with historic ruins built of tabby, a concrete made of oyster shells. Originally covered with…
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an old white house sitting in the middle of a field with trees and grass around it
St. Catherines Island Tabby Structures
Saint Catherines Island in Georgia
an old building with three windows and moss growing on the roof, surrounded by trees
Riverside Plantation Tabby Ruin
Riverside Plantation Ruins in St. Helena, SC
an old stone building with two arched doorways and trees in the backgroud
Chapel Of Ease Ruins
Built in 1740, Chapel Of Ease on St. Helena's Island, SC, is a rare example of a tabby church.
two cows are standing in the grass near a castle like structure that is next to a body of water
Fort Frederica National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)
The tabby fort and town of Frederica was established in 1736 to protect the Georgia colony from the Spanish. It burned in 1758. It is now a national monument in St. Simons Island, GA. (
a large rock sitting in the middle of a forest
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The Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation in Brunswick, GA, includes the tabby foundations of a rice mill. (Photo by Brian Brown, Vanishing Coastal Georgia). The plantation is now a state park (
there are two stone structures in the park
SC Sea Islands - Our Historic Past
Tabby slave cabin ruins are located in the private Haig Point district on Daufuskie Island, SC, which can only be accessed by ferry.
an open window in the side of a stone building with grass and trees around it
Old Tabby Links in Spring Island, SC, is a golf course adjacent to tabby ruins. Only members are allowed on the island.
an old building with ivy growing on it's walls and steps leading up to the entrance
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During the 1880s the Carnegie family built their Dungeness mansion on the foundations of an old tabby house. The ruins can be seen on the Cumberland Island National Seashore in Georgia, accessible by ferry. (
an image of some trees in the woods
Tabby! She’s no Alley Cat
Although there are several tabby ruins on Edisto Island, SC, the only ones open to the public are found on Botany Bay Plantation. (Photo by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn) Botany Bay is a state preserve (
there is a very tall rock tower next to the water with a bridge in the background
Beaufort County Library
The Fort Frederick Heritage Preserve is located on the grounds of the Naval Hospital in Port Royal, SC. Dating from 1734, the fort is one of the earliest British tabby constructions. The preserve is currently closed so that the tabby ruins can be stabilized. (Photo from Beaufort County Library)
a row of white buildings with trees in the background
Slaves built these tabby cabins at Kingsley Plantation during the 1820s. The plantation is located on Fort George Island in the Timucuan Preserve in Jacksonville, FL, and is now a national park ( (Photo by Kim Kleckner)
an old house with trees and grass in the foreground
Hollybourne Cottage, located in the historic district on Jekyll Island, GA, was built in 1890 with tabby. It is currently being restored. (Photo by Barbara Stevenson)
there is a sign on the wall that says you are looking at tabby, which makes up most of the foundation of the circular house
The Verdier House in Beaufort, SC, is not a ruin, but a preserved historic house built with tabby foundations. The museum's basement, which is free and open to the public, displays a sliver of the foundation's tabby ( (Photo by Bill Hill)
an old stone building with a hole in the middle that looks like it has been built into
The Thicket in Darien, GA, is the tabby ruins of a sugar mill and run distillery. It is located on Old Cane Mill Drive on Tolomato Island, a gated community that was open when we visited. (Photo by Barbara Stevenson)
an old shack with moss growing on the roof and door is next to a wooden fence
Cannon's Point Preserve in St. Simons Island, GA, contains several tabby ruins. (Photo by Bill Hill) This nature preserve is maintained by the St. Simons Land Trust (